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174                         THE STYLE OF JLBGaiSSCTU*8 HOW Iff VOGUE.
but the effect is scarcely in proportion to the kbear -expended upon them ; for
the work is too slightly raised and too minute to catch the eye at any distance.
Thus, the first impression is one of flatness and a want of accentuation ; artis-
tic defects fer which n refinement of detail can adequately compensate.   The
pierced tracery, however, f the screens and balconies is as good in character
as -in execution.   The geometrical patterns are old traditions and can be classi-
fied under a few well-defined heads, but they admit of almost infinite modi-
fications under skilful treatment.   They are cut with great mathematical nicety,
the pattern beiag drawn on both sides of the slab, which is half chiselled
through from one side and then turned over aad completed from the other.
The temples tiiat line both sides of the High Street in the city, the monument
to Seth Maei Ram in the Jazatma Mgh and tihe porch f the museum itself
are fine specimens of the style, and are conclusive proofs that, in Matirara at
all events^ architecture is, to iMs day,, no mere galvanized revival of the past,
but is still a living and progressive art.   If a model of some one of the best
End  .Host typical buildings in each of the late styles were added to  the
museum collection of antiquities, as was my intention, the series would give
u  complete view of the architectural history of the district; from which a
student would 1b able to gather much instruction,   A specimen of modern
official architecture (?), as conceived by our Engineers in the Public Works
Department, should farther be placed in juxtaposition with them, as a model
also, but a model of everything to be avoided.
Immediately opposite the museum is the Public Garden, in which the museum
itself ought to have been placed.   It contains a considerable variety of choice
trees and shrubs, but unfortunately it has not been laid out with much taste,
and its area is too large to be kept in good order oat of the funds that are
allowed for its maintenance.   It was extended a few years ago? so as to include
the site of a large mound and iank.   The former was levelled and the latter
filled up.   During the progress of the work a number of copper coins were dis-
covered, which may very possibly have been of the same date as the adjoining
Buddhist monastery ; but being of no intrinsic value, there was no one on the
spot wh0 cared to preserve them.   A little further on is the Jails constructed
on the approved radiating prindple, and sufficiently strong under ordinary
circumstances to ensure the safe-guard of native prisoners, though an European
would probably find its walls not. very difficult either to scale or breakthrough.
Tim exhausts the list of public institutions and objects of interest; whence it
may be rightly inferred that the English quarter of  Mathnrft is as dull
and common-place as most other Indian stations.   Still, in the rains it has a